Attention citizens of hockey land: Take shelter, hide your women and children! If you haven’t heard, Tyson Jost is at it again—and if you’re lining up across the dot from him, it’s positively terrifying.
The Colorado Avalanche’s 19-year-old 2016 first-round draft pick spent the past couple of weeks playing for Canada’s silver-medal-winning 20-and-under national team at the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship. During the competitive play, he was mostly relegated to witnessing line mate Dylan Strome attempt impossible plays up-ice against three or more defenders all tournament. But during the preliminary rounds, when he was centering Julien Gauthier and Nicolas Roy, the points were racking up much more in line with what we’re used to seeing.
And now that he’s returned to the University of North Dakota roster?
The freshman has made an instant impact, scoring three goals and one assist in two games over 18th-ranked University of Nebraska–Omaha over the weekend—both victories. And perhaps even more amazingly, those were his third and fourth games in just four nights. Yup, after beating Sweden in the WHJC quarterfinals (one assist) and falling to the United States in a spectacular shootout finale (another assist), Jost boarded a plane and landed in Omaha just in time to participate in the 9-1 and 7-3 beatdowns of their NCHC rival.
Let’s repeat that: four games in four nights—and wasn’t slowed in the slightest.
For comparison, Team USA hero Troy Terry returned to his Denver University squad and sat at the first game on Friday against Arizona State. Certainly understandable given his workload during World Juniors, but all that more impressive for Jost, who could be a key piece in the future of the Colorado Avalanche franchise moving forward and a player we could see in Burgundy & Blue as soon as next season.
After this weekend, Jost has now scored 10 goals and 13 assists in 19 games played this season. His 23 points are ranked second behind Washington Capitals prospect Shane Gersich on the seventh-ranked Fighting Hawks.